Iraq: Sabean Mandeans in the spotlight

AL Miezan Association for Human Rights Development carried out a project in Amarah City, in Iraq's Maysan Province, to encourage community dialogue between the Muslim majority and minorities such as Sabean-Mandaeans. The project, which started in October 2017 with support from MRG, included a visit to a Sabean-Mandaean temple in the city. 

Mandaeans, followers of one of the oldest monotheistic religions, are historically settled in Southern Iraq, mainly in Maysan province. As can be seen in the photos below, the role of water in Mandaeans’ faith is immensely important. They practise immersion in flowing water, symbolic of the creative life force, as an act of ritual purity. The celebration of Creation, known as the “Brunei”, is held in the Mandi, or temple, on the banks of the Tigris river.

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A cleric from the Sabean-Mandaean minority in Iraq practices the ritual of the celebration of Creation known as the "Brunei", where the five-day ritual is held in Mandi (the temple), located on the banks of the Tigris River.
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Members from local association participated with members of the Sabean-Mandaean minority in the celebration of Creation, as part of its efforts working towards peaceful coexistence of religious communities in Iraq.
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Families from the Sabean Mandaean minority celebrate the feast of creation ‘’ Brunei’’. This celebration is one of the four Sabean Mandaean religious holidays; with the two-day "Dahwa Rabba", the one-day "Dahwa Hanina" and the Golden Day of Dehwa Ed Damana, which also lasts one day.
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A cleric from the Sabean-Mandaean minority in Iraq practices the ritual of the celebration of Creation known as the "Brunei", where the five-day ritual is held in Mandi (the temple), located on the banks of the Tigris River.
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Date: 14/05/2018

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Iraq

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Violence/Conflict
Racism/Discrimination/Hate speech
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Religion/Religious minorities

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